Clocking in at 3 hours and 20 minutes, it was the longest game of the still-young 1934 baseball season.
A three-hour game is about average in the MLB these days. That is, if there were baseball, which there is not.
The New York Yankees bested the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on May 11, 1934 – 7-6, in 14 innings.
It was an Earle Combs triple followed by a Sammy Byrd single in the 14th that led to the walk-off win off of White Sox pitcher Whitlow Wyatt.
(Byrd had been brought in, as he often was, to pinch run for Babe Ruth in the 7th and took over for him in right field.)
Wyatt, the White Sox pitcher, gave up just three hits in 6-1/3 innings of work, but it was those last two in inning 14 that did him in.
Wyatt was brought in to relieve “Sad Sam” Jones who had gone seven innings for the Sox and gave up six runs.
Sad Sam Jones. He doesn’t look very sad to me.
Jones’ nickname came from a sportswriter who thought that the pitcher looked a little sad on the mound one day and Jones was stuck with “Sad Sam” for the remainder of his life. Jones later explained that perhaps he just seemed sad because he pulled his ball cap down low which shaded his eyes and made him look a little more downcast than others.
On May 11, I suspect Whit Wyatt was the sadder of the Sox.
All of this? Interesting, sure.
But, May 11, 1934 was a peculiar day in baseball. Continue reading